About Bishop Ernestine Reems
Bishop Ernestine Cleveland Reems has an unusually charismatic, fire baptized and provocative preaching style that is uniquely and intensely her own. Truly anointed of God, her approach to the gospel of Jesus Christ beckons the soul of the lost and speaks to the heart of people from all walks of life. From the pulpit, she has an uncanny ability to speak the truth in love while sharing from the depths of her own heart with realness that appeals to the churched and unchurched alike. Her messages are painfully clear and rich with poetic commentary, startling insights, and contemporary applications of the Bible’s timeless message. It is through her extensive ministry of intercessory prayer and the practice of fasting that many souls are drawn to Christ. Her ministry exhibits the power of a prayer filled life and encourages those who hear her to seek God for a deeper level of intimacy with Him.
Bishop Ernestine Cleveland Reems is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, CA. While functioning as Pastor for over 39 years, Bishop Reems has impacted her local community by providing for those in need through the development of a food feeding ministry, a charter school with grades K – 8, a 150 unit affordable housing complex, a 56 unit building for senior housing, and a 17 unit transitional facility for homeless single women with children. Bishop Reems is dedicated to making the Word of God come alive in the community through service.
Her reach and impact have extended beyond her local community through Kingdom Builders Ministerial Alliance, an organization she founded to mentor leaders of urban ministries. Additionally she supports missionary projects in Haiti and throughout South Africa. As a trial blazer, Bishop Reems has forged a new path for women and men in ministry. Her efforts through Ernestine C. Reems Ministries Inc. have offered her the opportunity to speak to national audiences in an annual conference and regional Wisdom Retreats. The powerful anointing on Bishop Reems’ life makes her one to watch to see the manifestation of God’s awesomeness in our time!
Bishop Reems have received numerous awards and honors throughout the years but over the past few years she has received the following awards; 2005 “The We Stand On Your Shoulders Women In Ministry” award, 2005 Embracing the Dream “The Shirley Chisholm” award, 2007 the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry, “Daughters of Thunder Trailblazer Award”, 2007 the OAACC-Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, “Woman of the Year” award, 2008 American Baptist Foundation of the West “Visionary Guidance and Outstanding Contribution to Affordable Senior Housing” award, 2008 the Hamilton Memorial International, “Premiere Legacy Leadership” award, 2008 the “Gospel Heritage” award, 2009, Healthy Oakland, “Vision” award, 2009 the Board of Supervisors Contra Costa County Certificate of Recognition, and 2009 Recognition Award from Alameda County Juvenile Facilities (Ministerial Service to the children of Alameda County.).
Bishop Reems is a very dedicated and involved minister as well as a powerful evangelist. She is also the author of “The Sister’s Handbook for the Broken Heart”, “In the Storm” and a devotional wisdom journal. In addition to her many ministerial duties, she is the loving mother of two sons, Brondon and Brian. Brian is, the proud father of Bishop’s youngest grandchild, Robert Paul. Reverend Brondon Reems, Bishop’s eldest son, and his wife Reverend Maria Reems were installed as Pastors of Center of Hope Community Church in October 2004. They are the proud parents of Brendon and Bryson. Truly the devoted grandmother, Bishop Reems loves spending time with her grandchildren when she isn’t traveling to preach the gospel. Bishop’s husband of 41 years, Deacon Paul Reems, went home to be with the Lord in 2000.
Her life's testimony and prayer is a song she continues to sing: "Oh Lord, please use me And please don’t refuse me For surely there’s a work that I can do And though it may be humble Lord help my will to crumble And though the task is great I’ll Work for You"